of Interest in Zona Sur
Each part of Mexico City
is multi-faceted. Take the two districts Coyoacan and San
Angel, where modernity has never managed to erase the
colonial past. Their cobbled streets, plazas and
delightful corners are tranquil picture of solid
time-honored stone and gigantic ancient trees, where
children play and lovers stroll. But at times those same
streets turn into carefree, noisy stage for public
One such fiesta is 15th Sept., when Coyoacan's Plaza
Hidalgo reproduces before large crowds the same
festivities enacted simultaneously in the capital's main
Zocalo square. All roads within several blocks of the
plaza are closed to traffic, so that pedestrians are free
to wander round, buy souvenirs and munchies, watch
different artists performing in the street and, on the dot
of eleven, exercise their lungs in "El Grito"
Coyoacan Plaza y
A suburb of picturesque streets, venerable churches,
chapels and old houses, full of history.
Ex Convento de Churubusco
This 17th-century San Diego Church, with annexed former
convent, now houses National Museum of Interventions.
Parroquia de San Juan Bautista
Church that was part of the 16th-century Dominican
convent. Noted for its enormous sedately elegant facade.
Inside, note Holiness Chapel and 17th-century altarpiece.
Palacio de Cortes
18th-century building with striking portico in front.
Belonged to noble descendants of conquistador "Hernan
Cortes", and is now political precinct.
El Convento de El Carmen
The first stone was laid on June 29, 1615. The beautiful
interior is perfect setting for the museum of vice regal
art for which the place was adopted.
Plaza de San Jacinto
Site of the famous Bazaar del Sabado, the old plaza is, on
Saturdays, colorful bustle of vendors, artisans, artists
Ciudad Universitaria (Rectoria)
Offices of the university dean and council stand out for
their design and carved mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Very close to the dean's office, library has mosaic mural
almost half a hectare in size, the work of architect Juan
Estadio Olimpico Universitaria
Stadium's design blends harmoniously into the
surroundings. Built almost entirely of lava rock. Gigantic
mural by Diego Rivera adorns the main facade.
Centro Cultural Universitaria
Cluster of buildings that include Nezahualcoyotl Concert
Hall, Juan Ruiz de Alarcon and Miguel Convarrubias
Theatres, national library and newspaper/periodicals
library. In the same area, the impressive Sculptural Space
showcases in natural setting outstanding pieces by Mexican
Centro Nacional de las Artes
This recently opened "National Center of Arts"
is the touchstone by various art schools: Musicians,
graphic artists, performers and cinematographers.
The pyramid here is one of the Meso-America's most
ancient. The on-site museum explains physical features,
biology and history of the place at its apogee.